The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) has become a source of great pain for the approximately 10 million Americans who suffer from TMJ disorders. What are the symptoms of a TMJ disorder? Is there a natural way to get some relief? Let’s consider the answers to these questions.
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A TMJ disorder may cause a person to feel:
If you are experiencing these symptoms, they may be related to long-term clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth, arthritis, cartilage damage, or trauma to the head or neck.
Most people don’t want to take medication or undergo surgery for something like jaw pain, and neither option is usually necessary. There are a number of things you can do at home to help ease jaw pain. For example:
These methods may provide some temporary relief. However, you also want to get to the underlying cause of the pain, which may be an upper cervical misalignment. Most people don’t realize how close the C1 (atlas) is to the TMJ and ears. Even a slight misalignment can affect the TMJ, facial nerves, and cause the symptoms noted above.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, especially if you have any history of head or neck trauma, find an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn more about how a gentle adjustment may be able to set you on the road to better health and less jaw pain.
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